Whoever said exercising during pregnant was bad for you got it wrong! That’s right. The Stork Magazine is here to help clear the confusion. Studies have shown that exercising during pregnancy was not only safe and advantageous for your health, but it is also recommended by many doctors. But, before you go lifting 50 pound weights, be sure to read up on the safety precautions to ensure that you and your baby are in good hands.
- Drink plenty of water
The key to exercise (pregnant or not) is to stay hydrated. Since you’re working out for two, be sure to take frequent sips of water and allow yourself to take breaks if you’re feeling tired or overworked. Water can be your best friend before, during, and after any exercise.
- Decide what works for you
Whether it’s swimming, indoor cycling, low-impact aerobics or dancing hip hop in front of the mirror, be sure to focus on maintaining a steady breath. You should be able to construct a full sentence without hyperventilation.
Swimming is a great way to alleviate swollen ankles and burn calories. Aqua fitness provides resistance training while hydraulically reducing the additional body weight allowing the center of gravity to be aligned with your base of support.
Walking allows you to enjoy nature’s company while clearing your mind of daily stresses. Use this time to connect with your inner thoughts and recharge your battery.
- Set your own pace
No one knows your body better than yourself! What may seem like an ideal work out for some pregnant women may not be the same for you. Tailoring workouts to meet your own standards is important for you to acknowledge. Your personal exercise plan may not exactly match up to the next mom-to-be, but that’s okay! When it comes to working out, there is no one perfect way to do it. So, set your own pace and remember, exercising should make you feel great, not something you grow to hate.
- Join a fitness class
Pre-natal yoga is an excellent class for muscle toning and heavy-breathing relaxation. Sign up for a fitness class at your local gym and sweat it out with pregnant mothers who are on the same page. Before you start any exercise regimen, discuss key safety precautions with your instructor.
- Consult your Personal Physician
Although The Stork Magazine has provided you with some great tips for pre-natal fitness, it is important to speak to your doctor with questions regarding personal health and fitness. If you find yourself experiencing sluggishness or fatigue, decrease the intensity or duration of your work out. Typically, it is smart to avoid rigorous bouncing, intense running and extreme arching of the back. Choose some of the less stressful movements that conform to your biological genetic make-up.
Pre-natal exercise is a great way to stay in shape and relieve stress. Stay hydrated, stretch often and set the pace that’s right for you!
Remember to consult with your physician or O.B.G.Y.N before starting any exercise routine.